Monday, August 24, 2020

Wildfire Updates

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020



A Level 2 (Get Set) Evacuation notice for the following areas have been issued: Residences north of Indian Ford Road; east of Green Ridge Rd 11 and west of Fly Lake Road (USFS 2055). Level 1 (Get Ready) notice issued for south of Indian Ford Rd. See link.

Camp Sherman Level 1 Evac


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network

Frontier Regional Alerts issued the following notice on Wednesday, August 19, 2020; 2:19pm -

Level 1 Evacuation Notice "BE READY"

There is a wildfire on Green Ridge and people residing in the Camp Sherman area should be aware of a potential evacuation order. Be aware of the danger, monitor emergency service sources and local media for information.  

Those persons who will need additional time to exit an area or have health conditions (especially respiratory conditions that could be made worse by smoke) should consider leaving now. You are encouraged to prepare or even move livestock and pets out of the area.  Be prepared to leave if conditions worsen.

Level 1 Evacuation notice is being sent to all persons residing in the Camp Sherman area. This order does NOT affect the rest of Jefferson County. 

This order is authorized by Sheriff Jim Adkins of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Approved Oregon Evacuation Levels

LEVEL 1: A Level 1 Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate. YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Evacuation means “GO” Evacuate NOW LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe. Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

New Jefferson County Drop-Off Site for Warm Springs Donation Drive


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network

Jefferson County Public Health is partnering with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to collect much needed donations for residents, including unhoused individuals and families.  The Warm Springs area has been particularly hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to be under a Boil Water Notice.  This collaboration will help ensure community needs are being met.

New supplies are preferred since used supplies are required to be quarantined before distribution.  Much needed items include:  

Shampoo – Environmentally Friendly

Antibacterial Soaps (castile preferred)

Deodorant (male & female)

Non-alcohol Mouthwash

Small Sunscreen & Lotions

Flashlights (easy to pack, solar if possible)

Fluorescent Vests

Socks (unisex/white) 


T-Shirts, Unisex (L, XL, XXL)

Sleeping Bags / Backpacks (min. 20L) 

Tents (compact 2/3 person or 3/4)

Diapers / Baby Wipes  

Canned Foods (soups, chili, fruits)

Hardtack / Pilot Bread

Hard Candy (sugar free & regular) 

Disinfectant Type Cleaners

Laundry Soap


Bleach Wipes / Bleach Dish Soap / Dial Bar Soap 

Bottled Water

Toothbrushes / Toothpaste

Gift Cards – Grocery Outlet, Safeway, Thriftway ($5.00 limit)

Items can be dropped off at the Jefferson County Public Health Building located at 715 SW 4th St., Madras, OR 97741 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for delivery to Warm Springs.  A box will be visible at the entrance.  If items are too large to fit, they may be placed next to the box.

Additional donations for Warm Springs are being collected in Deschutes County by a community group utilizing an online Community-led Donation Drive Pledge Form (link provided in text). The Central Oregon Black Leaders Assembly and Bellatazza Coffee located in downtown Bend, are also continuing a water donation drive for Warm Springs and more information can be found on the COBLA Facebook Page.


Contact Info:
Tami Kepa'a, Jefferson County Public Health
541.475.4456, tami.kepa'